Petting one’s way out of pain

Pet animals have always been one of Mother Nature’s best gifts to humankind. According to a new study, stroking a pet can help persons recovering from surgery cut their use of painkillers in half.

At the 18th Annual Conference of the International Society of Anthrozoology and the First Human Animal Interaction Conference (HAI) in Kansas City, researchers have presented their findings about pet therapy. According to the researchers, patients recovering from joint-replacement surgeries required 50% less painkillers if they used pet therapy.

A British charity, Pets and Therapy, has been helping patients recover by taking animals into care homes, hospices, hospitals and children’s wards. To read more, click here.

I guess adopting a cute and cuddly little pet would be a much better option than ruining one’s health with an overdose of pain-killers. Enjoy this funny pet video 🙂

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11 Responses to Petting one’s way out of pain

  1. sakhi says:

    will have to check the video from home..

  2. Swaram says:

    Aww thatz interesting! Cutting the use of pain-killers – a welcome change no🙂

  3. The are 100% alternates and substitutes to western medicine. It is better to have a healthy lifestyle and use natural substitutes for healing illness. We just don’t care to look at the alternatives.

    It is not standardization that is driving western medicine – but commercialization.

    Destination Infinity

  4. ha how about placenta treatment ? Pets help in that way as well😛

  5. kanagu says:

    in a way they really make us to get relaxed… but I am skeptical about owning pet in my home and thereby devoiding its freedom😐

  6. Sakhi, I’m going to inform your boss that you’re blogging away while at work… hehehe 😉 😀
    It sure is, Swaram! 🙂 Petting a cute kitten or puppy is definitely a huge improvement over swallowing twice the amount of medicines 😐
    DI, leading a healthy lifestyle is definitely better than depending on medicines! But western medicine is indispensable as far as I’m concerned! Modern western medicine has proven to be much more effective than all other systems of medicine and it’s the only method effective in emergencies. I’ll trust western medicine anyday over potions and concoctions made out of wild animals’ bones and raw untreated herbs 😐
    Vishesh, placenta treatment seems to be effective, but I won’t trust it until it becomes proven and widely accepted😐
    Kanagu, keeping a pet doesn’t devoid it of it’s freedom at all, unless one chooses to keep a dog chained all the time or keep a bird in a cage😐

  7. Exactly, except for emergencies, I do not trust the western medicines at all. The west is a place where they discover new ways of treating diseases and new ways of causing them too!

    Destination Infinity

    • Hmmm, DI, I guess my opinions are a bit different🙂 I simply cannot trust any system of medicine that cannot save a person in an emergency situation😐 So modern western medicine is the only one I trust! Sure, it may not be perfect and the big pharma mafia may be trying to take control of it, but it’s the only one that has proven itself by saving millions of lives, curing (previously incurable and deadly) diseases and saving billions of people from misery and increasing their quality of life.

      I’m sorry😦 but I have to say that primitive medical systems that use things like powdered wild animals’ bones (traditional Chinese medicine) or crushed wild herb concoctions (Ayurveda, Siddha, Unani etc.) simply don’t find favour with me😐

      As for your distrust of western medicine (and the west in general), may I know who eradicated or found cures for deadly diseases like small pox, polio, tetanus, malaria, measels, diphteria, filariasis, mumps, rubella, leprosy etc. etc.😕 Despite these diseases playing havoc with the lives of billions of those in the uncouth Third World countries for millenia, it was modern western medicine that put an end to these deadly scourges of humanity. Why were the so-called “traditional” medicinal systems completely unable to find cures for these nasty (mostly tropical) diseases despite knowing about them for ages😕 Let’s face it, had it not been for western medicine, the rapidly overbreeding hordes of the uncouth Third World would have been in much, much deeper misery now.

  8. Mary Mimouna says:

    Thanks for the cute picture and great reminder about enjoying our pets more! Too bad the video is no longer working.

    • You’re welcome, Mary. As for the video, unfortunately, according to YouTube, This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Bridgestone Sales (Thailand) Co., Ltd. It’s a pity.

      I’m replacing it with a similar one:


  9. Thanks for sharing this cute and fun site..i love it.

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